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Old 09-01-2011, 03:39 PM
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Default Jump on the SkinnyMan Bandwagon

Some of us could stand to put on a few pounds. I'm 5'11" and though I'm sometimes up to 168#, I'm more often around 161#. This is a little too thin, as some co-workers noticed the other day when my belt wouldn't cinch around my waist -- too loose. While age has some effect here - at 46, I'm actually 25 pounds heavier than college, I'm still a little too think for my liking.

Many think it's a blessing, but there are a lot of us who need a way to keep on a little extra muscle and size -- and the time has come.

I invite those of us who want to get in shape by picking up a few pounds of muscle in the process to share experiences on what works for keeping on the muscle we work so hard to hone.

All aboard!
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Old 09-01-2011, 04:27 PM
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Hey there! Good luck on your mission to gain! It does seem weird to say that, but I totally know what you're talking about. My friend Dave and my brother have the same issue (Ectomorph). My brother was on a mission to gain weight, he ate cake (a whole cake) pizza, bas of doritoes.. etc and he gained 5lbs in a month, LOL **sigh** I can that in a week if i eat like that. So, Eat, lift and get big! Good luck!

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Old 09-01-2011, 07:00 PM
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It's a "Transformation" contest after all and not technically a "fat loss" contest so eat, drink, lift and be merry (and buff).

All the best on reaching you goals.
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Old 09-01-2011, 07:02 PM
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Firstly, welcome! You've come to the right place - there's a lot of support over here. Remember, you've got to be putting in the effort in the training to gain muscle mass. Make sure you're doing each exercise in perfect form and don't worry about the amount of weight - the muscle only knows how much stress you're putting it under. Lighter weight lifted in perfect form is better than partial reps with heavier weights.

Also, look at your measurements rather than weight - if you end up weighing 15lbs more but your waist goes up by 3", chances are that you've put on fat.

Good luck in your journey and don't be afraid to ask questions.

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Old 09-02-2011, 03:47 PM
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Default yay for the skinny man going buff

I always love watching this type of transformation. To build mass where none was before, rather than what most of us are up to which is more of a renovation... even with building construction... building from scratch from the ground up is more visually shocking than gutting out the interior and redoing it. The end, all the buildings new and redone are amazing, and impressive.

Good luck and I'll be following your progress :-)

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Old 09-03-2011, 07:14 AM
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Welcome aboard and good luck.

Its refreshing to see someone going for a musclebuilding transformation here. Just 2 small pieces of advice from someone who's tried to do the same

1 remember progressive overload is what makes your muscles grow and probably more important
2 be patient. muscle growth is a slower process than fat loss and a lot less visual.

you'll do well with the support on here. if you havent done already, get CBs advice on which programs to start with.
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Old 09-03-2011, 09:28 AM
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I'm sure you'll find the right support, experience and workouts to achieve your goals in these forums and the TT site.

Best of luck to you!
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Old 10-22-2011, 10:21 AM
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Sounds like you are doing well and being disciplined while you are traveling. That is very hard for most people I know. So keep up the good work and let your wife enjoy those biceps.

Safe travels,

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Old 11-02-2011, 04:01 PM
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James -

I'm back, and ready to close out TT Contest 12 with a month of fury. Thanks!

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Old 11-24-2011, 08:20 AM
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Thumbs up Reflections 11 Weeks In

My 12-week contest period ends around December 3. I like the workouts that TT offers, and I enjoy seeing the camaraderie on these boards; I don't have a community of exercises to share experiences and workouts with.

But after 11 weeks I'll be damned if I've transformed anything. When I started the contest, my wife said, "Can't you just be happy with the way you are--you look great?" It would be nice to have affirmative muscle, but what I started without, however non-hulkish, is defined. More importantly, I can do physically pretty much what I want, and my clothes fit (when I take the time to buy clothes my size).

At 47, I may well not pack on 30 pounds of muscle, but more importantly I don't think I have the discipline to give up the group sports, the running, the family time in evenings, the 7 hours of sleep, execute a TT program that will PUMP [beat] ME UP. But I'm not conceding failure. I'm in a good place, and will continue to incorporate the basic principles of TT - good food in moderation, regular, focused exercise, positive attitude. I'll even submit pics for the contest.

But though it won't be a winning entry (I can't see any change!), it's been a winning experience for me. Thank you, TT.

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